It’s that time of year again, Christmas adverts are appearing on our TV screens and we’re all starting to think about what to buy for our loved ones. The realisation that it’s only a few weeks until Christmas is starting to settle in and you have the sudden urge to charge down the high street grabbing everything you can see. There’s so many great independent designers and retailers in Dundee but you don’t know where to begin looking.
Don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of all the markets, events and pop-ups happening across the city which provide the perfect opportunity to buy something a bit unique for your loved ones, your teacher, your boss (and maybe even your dog!) whilst supporting the local economy.
Also don’t forget about Small Business Saturday on 5th December – take this opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts from independent retailers and designers based in Dundee. If you’re not featured but would like to have your Christmas market included in our post, drop us an email with info and good photos.
The streets around City Square will become the focus for Dundee’s first ever Dundee Christmas Street Festival. From Reform Street to the Murraygate, Wellgate to Shore Terrace, many of Dundee’s historic and well-trodden streets will play their part in staging a magical moment in 2015. Alongside the festival of fun and late-night shopping, one of the evenings most popular highlights is the grand fireworks finale when mini Luke Skywalkers, Darth Vadar’s and Princess Leah’s are invited to gather in celebration of the soundtrack selected to accompany this years fireworks display. Click here for more info.
This winter Dundee Contemporary Arts are super excited to be hosting their annual festive market CRAFTED on Saturday 5th December. This special event brings together over 30 specially selected makers from across Scotland presenting some of the best contemporary independent jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration, print and homeware. This is a great opportunity to escape the December high street, discover the work of talented Scottish based makers and choose beautifully crafted gifts that can be cherished year after year. Click here for more info.
WhimSicAL Lush and BrewDog bring you a Christmas craft market featuring some talented local artists, designers and local businesses. Perfect for picking up that special gift this Christmas. Head to Chamber East (above BrewDog Dundee) on Thursday 26th November from 6pm – 8.30pm to see the array of gifts available. Click here for more info.
You can’t miss this great opportunity to buy direct from artists, makers and designers in Dundee. With a beautiful range of handmade arts, crafts, jewellery, ceramics, paintings and much more. Located on the 4th Floor, Wasps Artists Studios, Meadow Mill, West Hendersons Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BY on Saturday 28th of November 12-5pm. Come along, spoil yourself and your loved ones whilst sipping on some mulled wine and nibbling a yummy mince pie! Click here for more info.
Don’t miss out on a fantastic Christmas Market in the former Westport Gallery and the switch on of Westport Christmas tree’s lights. In addition to the pop-up market, The Parlour Cafe will host a second hand book sale with a hot chocolate bar, fresh waffles and apple pie available to warm up attendees. In Johnston’s Lane (where Spex Pistols is) you’ll be able to purchase Christmas Tree’s while Dundee Rep Theatre will be host to a window spotting competition with the brilliant prize of a Family ticket to their production of The Witches by Roald Dahl. Lights switch on at 6:30pm. Click here for more info.
This Christmas spoil yourself by coming to one of Tea Green’s Dundee pop up events. As always they will be bringing an unrivalled selection of goods from some of Scotland’s most talented artists and designers to you in time to solve all of your festive shopping needs. Think beautiful textiles, dazzling jewellery, delightful illustrations and much more. So make your festive shopping stress free and avoid the bustling high streets and escape the downpours of sleet and snow.
Tea Green are hosting two Dundee events this year, a unique festive market showcasing the work of over 30 independent artists & designers at the Steeple church in the heart of Dundee’s city centre and a luxury late night pop up boutique at the stunning Taypark House on Perth Road showcasing some of Dundee’s most talented makers.
Kerrie Aldo – 5th December
Kerrie Aldo designed the exclusive Crazy Cat Lady tote bag for Time Boutique this spring and her bags have been a permanent feature in the store since. Fashion designer, Kerrie works on bespoke waxed cotton coats and has recently branched out to t-shirts and hats. Kerrie will be bringing along her new collection available to purchase on the day. Click here for more info.
Kirsten Manzi – 12th December
Kirsten, a Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Graduate, is growing her collection. She is a regular at national markets and pop-ups. Her jewellery is designed and handmade in Dundee. Kirsten is inspired by architecture and geometric shapes that are reflected in her structured, delicate silver pieces. Click here for more info.
As part of the West End Christmas Fortnight, there will be a Christmas Carnaby held at Roseangle Cafe on the 5th December packed full with quality traders. You never know what you might find! On offer will be marzipan pigs, modern & vintage jewellery, handmade candles, knits, photography and more! Your Christmas shopping will be sorted. Open from 11am till 4pm, with Roseangle Cafe on hand for refreshments. Free entry. Click here for more info.